The peculiar characteristic of the child's vocabulary is its meagerness.
meagerness of information; qualities of commander to be relied upon.
The paleness of his cheek increased, the languor of his frame, the meagerness of his form, the inability of his nature!
It was evident that the trio were disappointed in the meagerness of his story.
We recognize its meagerness; we see in it the timidity of politicians; but beyond and through all, we see a promise of the future.
The meagerness of their clothing is one of the tokens of their sanctity.
My joy at recovering the wallet is not a whit dampened by the meagerness of my funds.
Its esthetic bareness had affected her like the meagerness of poverty.
No apology is offered for its meagerness or fragmentary character.
The meagerness and triteness of the music and piece astonished me.
late 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), "lean, thin, emaciated" (of persons or animals), from Old French megre, maigre "thin" (12c.), from Latin macrum (nominative macer) "lean, thin" (source of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian magro), from PIE *makro- (see macro-). Of material things (land, food, etc.) from early 15c. Cognate Germanic words (Old Norse magr "thin," Old High German magar, German mager, Middle Dutch magher, Dutch mager, Old English mæger) come directly from the PIE root via Proto-Germanic *magras and are not from Latin.